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. now i'll ask about the faa furloughs, which started yesterday. a group of almost the entire airline industry, including air traffic controller unions, flight attendants, pilot unions, and the industry itself, have written denis mcdonough and the white house a letter saying that the faa should be granted flexibility so they don't have to furlough the air traffic controllers. what do you say to this broad coalition? they say that other agencies have been given such flexibility and they believe the faa should have the same flexibility. >> let me give you some facts. the department of transportation is required by law to cut about $1 billion between now and the end of september; $637 million of that comes from the faa. the faa has initiated a series of cost-saving measures for personnel and non-personnel related, including a hiring freeze, restrictions on travel, termination of certain temporary employees, and reductions to contracts, among other savings. but furloughs cannot be avoided. seventy percent of the faa's operations budget is personnel. the faa must furlough 47,000 employees
i think has done a great job. he came in and he said hey, folks, i gotta tell you the faa is one of the biggest parts of the department of transportation. and they got nothing but people, you know. they don't have like battleships that can keep in port or whatever and we're going to have to cut x billion dollars whatever it is. the only way we can meet that goal is we're going to have to furlough. and most of our people -- so we have nothing but employees basically. most of our people or a good schaffer our people are air-traffic controllers so there is no way -- this is what lahood told us, told the world. there is no way that we can avoid this. therefore, no way to avoid what that's going to mean. three things, he said. delays in flights. cancellation of flights and shutting down some regional towers. and he appealed to his fellow republicans. he is a republican. was saying republicans cannot let this happen because they're going to suffer the consequences. of course people said they're just exaggerating. that's not going to happen. and then march 1 kicks in, the sequester kick
at the airport. the f.a.a. imposing furloughs on thousands of employees. those cuts are being blamed on sequester. guess what? delays, delays, delays. >>steve: with fewer workers responsible for the same number of planes that means you're going to have to wait. here now stuart varney, we're not going to make him wait. the scare quester didn't work. now what they're trying to do is inflict pain. people are going to sit on planes, they're going to call their congressmen. "you've got to do something about it! " >> that's right. quick pop quiz. did you know the f.a.a., the people who run the air traffic system, this year they will spend $500 million on consultants, $325 million on supplies and travel, $474 million on grants to make communities more livable and sustainable. >>steve: are you saying there's money available where they don't have to furlough those guys? >> exactly. why don't you take some of that money and put it into the air traffic controllers' bucket so we don't have to have these delays? because the president says we don't have the flexibility. we cannot redirect spending. not allowed
closures and it is really at the mercy of the faa. >> some of the airlines have started to react. delta has said it is disappointed and warned travellers to expect delays in major cities that we've already outlined. what are the other things we're hearing from the airlines? >> basically the airlines are saying the faa has other options. they can cut their budget in other places. the fax says no. this is how we have to go ahead and do it. the airlines have taken the fax to court over this of they filed a lawsuit on friday. there is no hearing date set for that. everybody is watching closely to see if the courts change the decision. >> what do you know about this newark situation, the flights having to return as a result of the washington controllers being, quote, overwhelmed? >> you have a regional air traffic facility that handle flights going from new york to let's say, florida. a lot of the flights heading over the washington air space were overwhelming the number of reduced workers there. they said we're sorry. you have to turn around and come back. >> what's next? >> next we'll watch wh
.s. police say the -- >>> if you have travel plans, you better start packing some patience, the faa begins its furloughs of 47,000 employees, that starts today. the department of transportation said to expect delays at the nation's busiest airports. >>> plus, drowning your sorrows may cost you some more. anheuser-busch, they make budweiser, they have been given approval of a merger with the makers of the mexican beer corona. the company agreed to a deal with the government that could ensure competitive prices. some experts think that beer prices, nonetheless, are going to rise. so, bottoms up. >>> time now for the weather, by the way, and we're going to go over to erica martin. from our new haven affiliate. in for ginger zee this morning. good morning. >> i'm really excited about this image that was sent to us by tim burgess. it's the international space station over stonehenge. so absolutely gorgeous. but we have a live shot over miami, a little stormy for today. unfortunately not looking fabulous, at least not for this sunday, and conditions will be rough out there. thunderstorms could b
up to $10,000 just to sweep it all away. furloughs have started for 47,000 f.a.a. employees. that means there are fewer air traffic controllers at airports including here in the bay area. government budget cuts are forcinged it rail agencies to -- federal agencies to cut spending. no major flight delays in the bay area. and now to texas where tonight we are learning that the first responders who rushed in to put out the massive fire at the fertilizer plant in the small town of west paid a staggering price much higher than we initially thought. abc newsepte ithe.>> today tside explosion site at theexas fertilizer plant, the local sheriff told us that the first responders who died didn't have a chance. 14 people were killed and authorities say 12 of them were firefighters and paramedics and other, woulders there trying to -- workers trying to put out the initial fire that may have caused the explosion. >> our priority is the line of duty death investigation for the firefighters and first responders who lost their lives this this incident. >> reporter: it is one of the greatest
started for 47,000 f.a.a. employees. that means there are fewer air traffic controllers at airports including here in the bay area. government budget cuts are forcinged it rail agencies to -- federalagcies to endi no major flight delays in the bay area. and now to texas where tonight we are learning that the first responders who rushed in to put out the massive fire at the fertilizer plant in the small town of west paid a staggering price much higher than we initially thought. abc news reporter is there. >> today outside that massive explosion site at the texas fertilizer plant, the local sheriff told us that the first reonders who died didn't ve a chance. 14 people were killed and auies say 12 ofm we firefighters and paramedics and other, woulders there trying to -- workers trying to put out the initial fire that may have caused the explosion. >> our priority is the line of duty death investigation for the firefighters and first responders who lost their lives this this incident. >> reporter: it is one of the greatest losses of first responders since the 2007 charleston sofa factor
, i think they should furlough the president and congress. >> the faa claims it had no choice but to put 15,000 controllers on unpaid furloughs, which means 10% fewer of them working each day. that could mean delays of 3 1/2 hours in atlanta, two hours in chicago and 1 hour and 20 minutes in laguardia. the airlines are furious and argue there are other places to cut. >> the air traffic controllers have never been furloughed. they should not be furloughed now. >> the controllers complain they're being used as political pawns. >> it's the piece of sequestration that affects americans the most. and i don't think that it's fair that air traffic control, particularly air traffic controllers are being used as a pawn. >> ray lahood has a message. >> tell them to fix sequester, and this will go away. >> the administration seems to be saying that any solution to put the air traffic controllers to work must include an overall roll back of the sequester. which does not look like something that's going to happen any time soon. the next few months could be a nightmare for travelers. >> the
had a loved one who has been injured. as of right now the faa has issued a temporary flight restriction over the area. the texas commission on environmental quality is providing air monitoring and technical assistance. texas task force one has been alerted to provide structural collapse support. the union pacific railroad has halted freight service. and local authorities have turned off utility service in the area including gas and electricity. there is an incident command center at a triage center, but they been recently moved due to fears that additional tanks could be at risk. theme, part of the department, has been activated and stands ready t assist texas upon request. the state fire marshal's office, the texas dps, the waco fire hazmat and other state agenes are also responding. the american red cross is working with local emergency management to identify shelter management assistance. we have within fema activated and incident management assistant jim, three preliminary damage assessment teams, and we are also standing by to assist in any other way. our eoc remains at
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